Finding a good radar detector on a budget is a real problem. They key word is GOOD because there are tons of radar detectors under $100 but mostly they are useless and a waste of money. There is no way a cheap radar detector will give you adequate protection against today's radar technology.
Today enforcement uses POP Mode guns as well as I/O (Instant On) technology and unless your detector is sensitive enough to detect at great distances you will be toast.
There are a few radar detectors under $200 that are decent performers. You can read more about them on our Best Radar Detectors Under $200 FAQ page.
The ones to look at in this price range are:
1. Beltronics PRO-200 (On Sale for $199.95)
2. Whistler XTR-695SE
3. Whistler PRO-78SE
Try to stay away from any cheap detectors because they will give you a false sense of security. If you can only afford a cheap detector I would save longer and get a better one.